Acworth, Georgia driver shot dead after trying to pass car: Cops


More than a dozen shots were fired in the incident, Georgia officials said.

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A 61-year-old man is charged with firing more than a dozen shots during an alleged bout of road rage in Georgia.

Now he faces multiple charges in the incident that seriously injured another driver on Thursday, June 30, according to the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office.

The 61-year-old – identified as Wade McEwan – was arrested and taken to Cherokee County Jail, about 40 miles north of downtown Atlanta. Officials did not list attorney information for him in a press release.

Deputies said McEwan was driving on Highway 92 when a 25-year-old driver traveling in the same direction tried to overtake him. But McEwan’s vehicle was blocking the other driver, who attempted to “pass McEwan multiple times,” the sheriff’s office wrote.

“Both vehicles were stopped at a traffic light at the intersection of Highway 92 and Woodstock Road when McEwan began shooting through the driver’s side window” toward the man, officials said. That’s when the other driver allegedly turned around and started driving in the opposite direction.

Officials said McEwan continued to fire at the vehicle as it drove away. He fired around 14 shots, including two that hit the other driver, a 25-year-old man, according to deputies.

Deputies reported the injured driver later pulled over and was rushed to Wellstar Kennestone Hospital in serious condition.

A Woodstock police officer was on the scene, leading officials to nab McEwan, WSB-TV reported.

McEwan, who lives near Acworth, was charged with aggravated assault, reckless driving and reckless driving. The investigation is continuing and McEwan had been held without bond since July 1, officials said.

Simone Jasper is a reporter who covers breaking news for The News & Observer and real-time news in the Carolinas.

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